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Directed byShaji N. Karun
Produced byShaji N. Karun
Written byShaji N. Karun
S. Jayachandran Nair
Reghunath Paleri
Kalamandalam Haridas
Bharath Gopi
Venmani Vishnu
Music byIsaac Thomas Kottukapally
K. Raghavan
CinematographyHari Nair
Edited byP. Raman Nair
Release date
Running time
141 minutes

Swaham (My Own) (1994) is an award-winning feature film directed by Shaji N. Karun. The film is in Malayalam. It stars Ashwini of Uthiripookkal fame, Venumani Vishnu and Mullenezhi. The film's music is composed by Isaac Thomas Kottukapally and K. Raghavan. Swaham met with widespread critical acclaim upon release. The film was screened at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Annapoorna lives with her son and daughter, and struggles to get by, trying to earn a living from the teashop near a railway station once owned by her now deceased husband. Her son Kannan does whatever he can to help whilst trying to continue his education, however this proves difficult and he fails his exams. His mother sends him to a military recruitment camp, hoping he will find employment. This seems to be the family's only hope, however this option is expensive. Eventually Kannan is admitted after Annapoorna pays a hefty sum of money to a man associated with the camp. Later, Kannan is killed in a stampede at the camp, and his bereaved mother brings his body back home in an ambulance. Annapoorna's daughter waits anxiously for the return of her mother and brother.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film has won and been nominated for the following awards since its release:

1995 Bergamo Film Meeting (Italy)

1994 Cannes Film Festival (France)

1995 National Film Awards (India)

  • Won - Silver Lotus Award - Special Jury Award - Director - Shaji N. Karun

1995 Kerala State Film Awards (India)

  • Won - Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Film

1995 Innsbruck Film Festival (Austria)



  1. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Swaham". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 30 August 2009.

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